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Marine Important Bird Areas

How you can help and get involved BirdLife manages a number of databases and review processes to ensure that the information it uses is the most up to date and relevant for its advocacy work.

BirdLife International—the IUCN Red List authority for birds The IUCN Red List is the most comprehensive global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. As the official Red List Authority for birds, BirdLife International collates information from the published literature and from a worldwide network of experts to evaluate the status of each species using the IUCN Red List categories and criteria. Information on Globally Threatened birds is used to focus global conservation efforts and to guide BirdLife’s priorities for action. It is therefore essential that data on Globally Threatened birds are kept up to date and regularly reviewed and revised. Species that are under review are discussed on the BirdLife Globally Threatened Bird Forums – these are open to all, and you can provide vital help by visiting the forums and contributing information that may be relevant to the reassessment process.


Density of threatened seabirds in the Pacific The Tracking Ocean Wanderers Database Holding over 4,500 satellite tracks from 30 species provided by 33 seabird scientists and growing, the Tracking Ocean Wanderers Database is a vital tool for conserving birds in the marine environment. The database is used for both academic research and in a wide range of conservation applications where it allows an understanding of seabird interactions with their marine environment, including, importantly, human fishing activities on a scale that would otherwise have been impossible. The Map of all tracks held within the database is also supporting the BirdLife Partnership in the identification Tracking Ocean Wanderers Database of marine Important Bird Areas. Please contribute your data to help BirdLife’s work in conserving the world’s seabirds and seas. The Seabird Foraging Range Database BirdLife is compiling a database of seabird ecology and foraging ranges, and using this information to identify marine IBAs, inform Protected Area designation and input to marine spatial planning. The database can be used to determine key foraging habitats around breeding colonies in a consistent way, based on foraging distance and habitat preferences shown in the published literature. To assist with this, BirdLife has been creating fact sheets to illustrate the contents of the database on a species by species basis and summarise the published literature. These fact sheets are now available to review and edit online. It is hoped that the seabird community will help to complete similar factsheets for a majority of the worlds seabirds. Contact for further information

Foraging distributions around seabird IBAs in northern France

Marine Important Bird Areas: Priority sites for the conservation of biodiversity  

BirdLife International’s Important Bird Area (IBA) programme has, for more than 25 years, been successful at setting priorities and focusing...